First Capital Connect Stations to Benefit From New Cycle Parking Funding

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• FCC awarded £109,000 of £15m funding to improve facilities for cyclists • Investment ‘will encourage more environmentally-friendly travel and create jobs’ • Better security and safety options heading to four FCC stations

New funding has been announced by the Minister for Transport that will benefit cyclists using four of First Capital Connect’s (FCC) UK rail stations.

Greater security measures and more cycle parking is to be made available at stations up and down the country including St Albans, Letchworth, Bedford and Royston as part of a £15million funding package to encourage people to reduce carbon emissions and maybe get a little fitter by getting on their bikes.

The announcement was made by Norman Baker MP, as he visited FCC’s St Albans Station, which is set to receive funding for 320 cycle parking spaces, as well as improved CCTV cameras and lighting facilities. It was revealed that this will consist of £53,000 initially, followed by a further £98,000 from Hertfordshire County Council.

Letchworth Station will benefit from a £9,100 award to fund 24 spaces, while Bedford and Royston will be given 100 spaces each thanks to a fund of £20,000 and £27,000 respectively – which means that in total, around £109,000 of the £15million being made available through the Department for Transport-led Cycle Rail Working Group scheme will be allocated to FCC stations.

Commenting on the news, Norman Baker MP explained that the money would be useful in helping rail customers make use of their bicycles, while allowing for greater promotion of the inherent economic and environmental benefits that come as a result of this.

“These plans will be hugely beneficial to communities and cyclists up and down England,” he explained, adding that they would also “help to create jobs and reduce our carbon footprints while making cycling safer and more convenient”.

Neal Lawson, Managing Director of FCC, added: “The funding we have secured for additional cycle spaces is fantastic news. Parking bikes securely at the station allows rail passengers to save money on their motoring costs, potentially putting more money into the local economy.

“FCC is also working hard to reduce carbon emissions and to increase the appeal of cycle travel and any reduction in the use of private cars by rail passengers helps to achieve those objectives.”

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